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Gourmet (1-year)

3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005N7QH
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,505 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)

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215 of 229 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly for people who eat out in NY, not home cooks. December 16, 2001
By mirope
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After subscribing to and enjoying "Gourmet" for over a decade, I recently let my subscription run out. Over a year ago the editorial staff of the magazine changed, and with it, the content of the magazine. The "Gourmet" I knew and loved was always a treat to receive because it focused on exciting and complex recipes that were going to be fun and challenging to cook at home. The recipes were very user friendly, and no matter how advanced, always designed to be prepared in a home kitchen.
The new "Gourmet" is much more of a travel magazine than a cook's magazine. It particularly focuses on New York restaurants, and most of the recipes showcase famous dishes from various restaurants, not recipes that were designed for the home cook. While the old "Gourmet" certainly had its fair share of restaurant and travel coverage, the focus was on different culinary traditions and exciting culinary innovations. In other words, it was a more scholarly look at cooking. The new magazine feels like a bunch of fluff pieces set up by New York PR agents. Next time I'm planning a trip to New York, I'll probably pick up an issue to see what's new and hot, but this isn't the kind of information that's useful to me on a monthly basis.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere for your recipes May 26, 2004
I used to be a devoted subscriber, for years and years, to this magazine. Routinely, I could find about a score of recipes that I really wanted to try right away. It was a great magazine.
However, a few years back, there was an change in editorial staff, and the emphasis shifted away from cooking and focused on "gracious living." All of a sudden the reader was bombarded with many more advertisements than before, as well as articles focusing on some exotic vacation venue that most of us couldn't afford in a million years. Similarly, the recipes began to become more exotic and outlandish, looking like some out of Charlie Trotter's outlandish cookbooks.
Sorry, but I don't like having my nose rubbed in it. I like cooking with flair, but I can't afford the budget-busting that this magazine now seems to advocate. I cancelled my subscription a few years ago; occasionally I will pick up a recent issue to see if anything has changed, and unfortunately, everything looks all too familiar.
If you like fluff articles about some fabulously expensive get-away spot, more power to you. If you are looking for lots of interesting but feasable recipes --- there are lots of magazines out there that do a much better job these days.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bring back the old Gourmet September 8, 2004
By abt1950
Gourmet used to be one of my favorite magazines, and for many years I either subscribed or bought it at the newstand. It had great recipes, a lot of information on ingredients and cuisines, and beautifully illustrated travel articles that gave me a real feel for the places. Gourmet may have been a little stodgy and old school (Bon Appetite, which I also subscribed to, was always trendier), but there was no higher quality food magazine.

All that changed a few years ago when the editorial staff was replaced. The look of the magazine is now totally different, as is much of the content. The increased number of ads makes it hard to find the articles and recipes. The tone of the editorial content is shriller and more hype-driven. The magaizne is seems more oriented toward Foodies out to stalk the current In chef than to home cooks who want to serve high quality food. Between the content and the layout, the magazine seems to be on overdrive. What I want in a cooking magazine (or for that matter a magazine of good living) is something that doesn't scream trendy at me. Unfortunately, that no longer describes Gourmet.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live Good... eat better. March 1, 2003
Gourmet is one of three food magazines that find a home on my kitchen counter. If you are considering this magazine it is because great food and superb wines tempt you.
Actually, `Gourmet' is not a true "food" magazine . Rather, it is an upscale "magazine of good living" that includes food (a "Robb Report" meets "Good Housekeeping"). You find much more advertizing from Tiffany, Ritz, Rolex, etc. than you will ever find in a normal "food" magazine.
The mouth watering recipes that are in `Gourmet' are not for the kitchen novice, nor the poor, nor those that want food fast. For example a "Mushroom Tortellini in Mushroom Broth" calls for three different mushrooms (none of which are cheap) and, unlike "Food & Wine", there is no reference in the recipes to the time it will take to make it (plan the better part of the afternoon).
So why get it? Well, of course to keep up with the Gates' and to be tempted, provoked and challenged by the color photos of tantalizing recipes that make one say "I can do that one" and "whoops" there goes the afternoon and the kids lunch money for the week. Recommended.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Would you like some recipes with your ads? December 21, 2005
Today I purchased my first and probably last issue of Gourmet. While there were plenty of recipes (some of which I won't use but they were still cool to look at) there were TONS of ads.

It makes you wonder either a) how much the people who make this magazine get paid or b) for all the ads why this isn't free.

I can see the need for a few ads so that we the consumers don't have to pay a fortune for a good magazine. But I took out 33 pages of ads and figured there were about 140 full page ads. That's over half of the magazine which is 260 pages. That's really sad.

Recipe wise, some of them look interesting and very gourmet, but there are things you need to have that I can't get in the middle of the U.S.

And about three of the six articles were interesting to read - when you could find them slipped inbetween their plethora of ads.

Fine Cooking is still the best one out there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Too many drug ads.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Gourmet Magazine to End Publication
Just heard that Conde Nast is ending publication of Gourmet magazine. Before purchasing an annual subscription, find out how many more issues will be published and what Conde Nast... Read more
Published on October 5, 2009 by G. Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite mag for recipes
I think I read about three articles every issue--Editor Ruth Reichl's intro and a feature article or two--and then I just focus on the pics and fabulous recipes. Read more
Published on August 2, 2009 by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars A magazine that is an EXPERIENCE to read !!!
I was flipping through this magazine at Target while drinking a Coke, and FELL IN LOVE with it! As a past geography and history teacher AND a lover of fashion and art, (by the... Read more
Published on May 9, 2009 by Fran H. Willingham
5.0 out of 5 stars not what i ordered
i actually ordered savour, not gourmet..too much of a hassle to return it so i'll just keep it and get the one i ordered next year.
Published on April 19, 2009 by Kimberly Glab
4.0 out of 5 stars novel recipes
I've just received my first issue - loved all the lemon recipes - very original.
Published on March 28, 2009 by M. Ann
1.0 out of 5 stars Good Bye Good Friend
I am from Puerto Rico. As a child, I used to borrow this magazines from my aunt. I loved its pictures, recipes and, the travel section. Read more
Published on February 28, 2009 by The Teacher
4.0 out of 5 stars Service
I ordered a year's subscription to Gourmet Magazine and while I haven't received it as of yet, the ease of ordering this item was amazing. Read more
Published on February 24, 2009 by Marcia Robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Want It!
Was trying to subscribe to Los Angeles Magazine but somehow ended up with this. Thought I had deleted the order but apparently not. Amazon's site deceptive and flawed. Read more
Published on January 24, 2009 by Dennis L. Duvall
5.0 out of 5 stars my subscription has not yet begun
my subscription to gourmet magazine has not begun -- so rating the magazine itself is not possible -- after the magazine arrives in my mailbox i will be able to rate it -- at this... Read more
Published on January 23, 2009 by potential subscriber
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